Or, maybe the facade is about to fall off and they'll need papa (EU) to come to the rescue!
Actually, since papa (EU) is partly bankrupt (Germany), Airbus will instead turn to new papa China again and again and ask for some more political orders…
It is also very interesting how "the bad" news/analysis re: Airbus tends to come from US sources.
The fact that negative forecasts on Airbus mainly come from the U.S. is such a surprise that it really makes me
What they fail to mention is that it doesn't really matter since the European governments will just bailout Airbus anyway if they get in trouble.
Hm, then I suggest the German government should immediately go ahead and get some shares in EADS, since the German part in Airbus is only represented by a private company called DaimlerChrysler…
Seems to me that they tried to bait Boeing into making a dumb investment in a new 747 and Boeing didn't take the bait and instead has reversed the tables on them.
And what would Airbus have gained from such a move? Kicking Boeing out of Business? No way. Airbus can be glad about Boeing not investing in a (re)new(ed) B747, as no sales will be taken away from the A380.
They said the A330 was enough and then, a la Boeing, they reverse course and come out with a bunch of numbers attached to an image of an A330 with "A350" painted on it.
No surprise here, the game’s called PR
While they are doing great, the backlog will be the only thing going for them in the short term...
Who told you that? Nostradamus?
the "modern product lineup" continues to age as we speak,
And so does Boeing’s (B737, B747, B777).
and will only be replaced by upgrades for the foreseeable future (what they criticized Boeing for for years) while Boeing continues to turn out fresh designs.
First of all Airbus will have an all-new design from 2006. Second, product updates can still be successful. Don’t forget the A320 has not seen a major update since its introduction. They could follow Boeing’s way with turning the B737 classic into a B737NG.
And apart from the B7E7, where’s another fresh design from Boeing?
I don't see Boeing suffering in the 737 category either. In fact, a brand new, from scratch replacement is forthcoming.
at least according to the people who make a career out of knowing about these things at Business Week.
Excellent observation. It depends on the point of view.
But I'm sure that they will go to France & Germany for a bail out.
Why would they go to France and Germany? They are already there…
By the way, the socialist govts. in Europe will never allow Airbus to outsource major structures work to Asia. Get real!
Socialist government? Strange, don’t we live in Europe of 2004? Is it possible that some individuals from the Land of the Free don’t really know what “socialism” means?
Funny all you A supporters out there say it's a counter to the 7E7, now it's a counter to the 777NG...MAKE UP YOUR MIND, WILL YA!!!!
Make up your mind, will ya?
Oh really? And also risk cannabalizing the A388 line? That's smart. And how much will this one go over budget and over weight, hmmm?
Good question. Probably it will be as much over budget as the Sonic Cruiser was away from reality…
The A320 won a couple of recent orders, and I guess that means Boeing should shut down the 737 line...
Huh? Who has made such a rather odd suggestion?
A387...REACTION to a 747 ADV.
As long as the B747 ADV is put on and off the drawing board every two months, there’s no need to react.
A32X upgrades, a REACTION to the smaller 7e7 derivatives.
Smaller B7E7 derivatives? Which ones?
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